So what does SQL 2005 mean to an ISV? Part 2

Business Intelligence   Folks, if you really want to seize an opportunity to drive some demand for your products you have to take a serious look at embedding some Business Intelligence into your product.  Don’t believe me? Have a look at this Gartner survey of 1,300 CIO’s for 2005. A couple of interesting things to note: The second…


So what does SQL 2005 mean to an ISV? Part 1

Let’s face it, there is a LOT of information available out there on SQL 2005, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio Team System, and BizTalk 2006. What I’d like to do, in a series of posts over the next little while, is to take a different approach to discussing the features of these products. I’m sure…


Windows Workflow Foundation announced today at PDC!

Windows Workflow Foundation was publicly announced and demonstrated today at PDC!! ISV’s, you are going to LOVE this!! Workflow is one of those things that so many of you need in your applications and now you have a workflow engine, programming model, and tool (Visual Studio) available to easily build various forms of workflow into…


IE 7 beta download

MSDN Subscriber downloads has IE 7 beta ready for download! (It’s under Operating Systems if you’re having trouble locating it). A comment from the IE team’s blog With Beta 1 done, you can expect much more active posting about technical details on the features that are now public. We’ve posted an IE7 Technology Overview, What’s…


Windows Vista Beta 1 – Ready for download!

Vista Beta 1 (formerly code named “Longhorn Beta 1) is ready for download from MSDN Subscriber downloads!!!   Also check out the nice looking Windows Vista developer centre on MSDN: ITPro’s also have a new Technet site for Windows Vista: It also looks like we’re saying goodbye to “Indigo” and “Avalon”. Indigo is “Windows…


A quickstart on Identity

Identity is an area getting a log of attention in the blogosphere lately. Specifically, I’ve been following Kim Cameron’s Identity Blog, and checking out the buzz around InfoCard and ADFS. I’ve put together a bit of a cheat sheet below to save you some time searching and trying to grok this stuff Let’s start with…


Some SQL 2005 Resources for ya

I put together some SQL 2005 resources for one of my ISV’s so thought I’d share with you… Most of the questions I get are from people wanting more info on Reporting Services so I’ve highlighted that below. Upcoming Webcasts Lots of upcoming webcasts in April where you can ask questions directly during the presentation…


ASP.NET 2.0 – MSDN Deep Dive Follow Up Resources

 Hey guys, as promised during the Deep Dive presentation, here’s a bunch of resources regarding ASP.NET 2.0 I wanted to pass onto you. Enjoy!! Deep Dive resources (PPT & code) Ideablade’s website Code Snippets – Access these on Craig McMurtry’s blog as Craig’s posted a whole pile awesome material based on the Deep Dive. In…


.NET and J2EE Interop resources

.NET and J2EE Interop resources   I had a great time presenting this topic at several User Groups over the past couple weeks. In particular, it was awesome to have the Vancouver Java Users Group (VanJUG) come out. Thanks for coming guys, hope you enjoyed the session!!   As promised, here’s some resources I mentioned…


VSLive! Toronto 2005 – Use conference priority code “RYAN” for 10% off!

VSLive! Toronto is running April 13-16th and it looks to be a really good line up of sessions and topics!! Check out the agenda here: You can register here: Use “RYAN” as your conference priority code and you’ll receive a 10% discount on registration.